Former Atlanta Falcons head coach June Jones was offered on Mac Jones lengthy earlier than the New England Patriots drafted him with the No. 10 choose of the draft, and after his preseason debut final week, Jones nonetheless believes that the previous Alabama standout goes to be the rookie to look at.
In a cellphone interview with Fox Information on Wednesday, June Jones doubled down in his assist of the rookie after his efficiency within the preseason opener in opposition to the Washington Soccer Workforce. Jones, who spent a number of years teaching school soccer at Hawaii and SMU, advised Fox Information again in March that he believed Mac Jones can be probably the most profitable quarterback within the 2021 draft class in the long term.
“I believed he did actually good. He was doing what a New England quarterback — like Brady — has carried out perpetually … I believe the following couple of video games, preseason-wise, will actually be of worth to him.”
Coach Jones mentioned he believes the rookie quarterback might simply be the Patriots’ starter heading into Week 1 however added that Invoice Belichick’s resolution will finally come right down to the workforce dynamic.
“If he doesn’t take over from the start he’s going to take over fairly shortly,” he mentioned. “I believe the important thing factor that coach Belichick is coping with proper now’s the locker room. Who’s the chief? Who’s Mac changing into? Will he lose a part of the locker room if he doesn’t begin Cam [Newton]. These varieties of selections are those he’ll must make. And if he does resolve to maintain the locker room intact, begin Cam, I’d predict that it’ll be very fast that Mac might be in there.”
Coach Jones mentioned in contrast to Newton’s struggles with getting acclimated with the Patriots’ playbook in his first season, Mac Jones has the benefit of getting performed beneath Nick Saban, which might make his transition a simple one.
“I believe he’ll study it in a short time. Loads of the issues he’s doing in New England proper now are issues he did at Alabama,” he mentioned. “I believe he’ll assimilate quicker than any rookie would in a very long time, and naturally it will get right down to this: his accuracy, throwing the soccer. That’s going to make him the man.”
Coach Jones added that Brian Hoyer’s robust efficiency (he was on the sector for each of New England’s touchdowns) makes him a “stable backup” however the competitors will finally come right down to Jones and Newton.
When requested if he thought Mac Jones was the way forward for Patriots, the longtime coach merely mentioned “Sure.”
Jones, who additionally served as head coach for the Falcons between 1994 and 1996 after three years because the workforce’s offensive coordinator, mentioned the Jacksonville Jaguars might be one other quarterback scenario to observe.
Regardless of being the No. 1 general choose, Jones mentioned he thinks Trevor Lawrence continues to be on the educational curve, including that he was “impressed” along with his debut.
“There was some great things I noticed and there’s another stuff I can inform he’s going to be studying.”
First-year head coach City Meyer has not named a starter however Jones believes that the competitors between Gardner Minshew and Lawrence might be shut.
“I actually like Gardner Minshew. I believe he did a stable job in a tricky scenario final 12 months … I’d assume that Trevor would be the starter and if he doesn’t get the job carried out — City’s about profitable, so if Gardner’s gonna assist win quicker then he’ll be the man in there, however I believe the strain of being the No. 1 choose — I believe it’s Gardner’s job to lose.”
As for a rookie who’s secured the beginning job, Jones mentioned the previous BYU standout Zach Wilson has the potential to actually pull the New York Jets out of a droop.
“I used to be impressed with him … He confirmed that he was an NFL-quality quarterback within the first preseason recreation. He had poise, he stood in, he made some performs along with his legs.”
Jones mentioned Wilson will be capable to flourish beneath new head coach Robert Saleh as a result of his type of teaching will provide the rookie safety on the sector till he’s snug to make the large performs.
“I believe the New York Jets are going to guard him, not attempt to win each recreation with him in order that they’re going to have a conservative recreation plan, I’m positive, as a result of they’re acquired a defensive head coach and that’s often what occurs with defensive head coaches. I believe he’s gonna be — as he matures — I believe he’s gonna be an actual good one.”
Jones sees Wilson taking part in his finest soccer by the midway mark of the season.
“If they will get him by means of that first a part of the season the place he doesn’t must win the sport for them then, I believe by the point he will get to that 8-10 Week mark, he’ll be capable to win the sport for them in passing.”
The 2021 season is gearing as much as be the 12 months of the rookie quarterbacks.